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Downey on Rourke and IRON MAN 2

PLUS: WATCHMEN, BATMAN and more in your Comics2Film 9.2.4

By Rob M. Worley     February 04, 2009
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Robert Downey Jr has surprising things to say about Mickey Rourke in 'Iron Man 2'. More info on recent 'Watchmen' spinoffs and content. A complete 'Brave and the Bold' episode is online, Routh talks 'Dead of Night' and 'Scott Pilgrim' and more! Swah! It's your Comics2Film 9.2.4



Sony Seeks Toon Riches with Platinum Deal

Platinum Studios have struck a deal with Sony Pictures Animation to generate a new animated feature from the comics shingle's 5,600-character library, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"I have known and respected [Platinum CEO] Scott Rosenberg for many years as a great resource of characters, stories and ideas," said Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Prods. "We're looking forward to working with him and Platinum Studios to develop a feature from their library of stories and characters."

The article did not specify which Platinum properties might be part of the development deal.



Completes BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD Episode Online

Fans of the funky new Batman toon show, 'The Brave and the Bold' can watch the latest episode online at the Cartoon Network website. "Journey to the Center of the Bat" features Aquaman and Atom teaming up on a fantastic voyage into the inside of Batman's brain. The episode also features an opener with Plastic Man and Elongated Man.

Watch and laugh...



Downey on Rourke and IRON MAN 2

Extra caught up with Robert Downey Jr. and got him talking about the 'Iron Man 2' movie. The TV magazine asked him about getting Mickey Rourke on board as a villain. Downey said he's pulling for the 'Wrestler' star to do the project.

"I know that we've been talking about it a bunch," Downey said. "As long as we can make it a really great role, then I would urge him to continue considering it. We'd love to have him and we'll see how it goes."

Here's the clip:


Meanwhile, the intrepid MTV Splash Page journeyed to the set of  'Sherlock Holmes' and also got the actor to talk about the sequel, and Rourke's involvement.

The big news there: Downey insisted that Rourke is not playing Crimson Dynamo in the movie.

"That’s actually incorrect," Downey told MTV News when asked if Rourke was being considered for Dynamo. MTV then asked if the actor would be playing Whiplash. "I can neither confirm nor deny that. Or maybe it’s some semblance of both. Here, I can tell you everything about the story except I won’t give away the ending. The nerd stuff is top-drawer security."

Downey suggests that the true struggle, like all great Marvel characters, will be an internal one. Check out the video:




WATCHMEN: Black Freighter

Image from Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freigher has unveiled a set of still images from the recently official 'Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter' DVD release. The animated feature depicts the story of the comic within the Watchmen graphic novel. It stars the voice of Gerard Butler as a marooned castaway who's desperate to return home to warn his family about "The Black Freighter," a haunted pirate ship that steals the souls of the damned.

Hit up for the pics. Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros have distributed a press release that gives some details about what's on the Black Freighter DVD. Here it is.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood offers audiences two essential Watchmen background stories on one disc

Burbank, CA, February 2, 2009 – Experience the exclusive and dramatic origin stories essential to the Watchmen experience as the comic-within-the-comic and Night Owl’s autobiography are brought to life as Warner Premiere’s Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 24th from Warner Home Video.

Produced in association with Legendary Pictures, both titles are executive produced by Watchmen director Zack Snyder, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder, Thomas Tull and Wesley Coller.

Tales of the Black Freighter, the story-within-the-story in the acclaimed Watchmen features the voices of Gerard Butler (300) and Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and is directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio and Mike Smith and written by Alex Tse (Watchmen) and Zack Snyder.  Tales of the Black Freighter is produced by Brian McNulty and Karen Mayeda-Vranek.

Tales of the Black Freighter brings to strikingly animated life the graphic novel’s richly layered story-within-a-story.  Within the graphic novel, Tales of the Black Freighter, appears as a comic book read by a young man in New York City while the city is being destroyed.  This daring pirate saga chronicles a sailor’s journey home from being marooned.  During his journey, the young seaman is "forced by the urgency of his mission to shed one inhibition after another" and experience horrible events along the way.  The turbulent events the sailor endures seem to mirror those in the Watchmen’s world.

Hollis Mason’s tell-all autobiography, Under the Hood, chronicles the events in Hollis Mason’s life that led to him to become the masked avenger Nite Owl and discusses how the Minutemen were formed.   It features the original Sally Spectre, the Comedian, Moloch the Mystic, along with Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl.

Under the Hood is directed by Eric Matthies, written by Hans Rodionoff and produced by Eric Matthies and Wesley Coller. Stars Carla Gugino, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie and Jeffrey Dean Morgan appear as their characters from the theatrical Watchmen film in this live-action documentary style special.

Watchmen: Tales from the Black Freighter and Under the Hood will be available on standard definition disc for $27.95 SRP and Blu-ray disc for $35.99 SRP.




  • Tales of the Black Freighter

  • Under the Hood


  • Story with a story – Exploring the comic-within-a-comic concept in Watchmen

  • Watchmen Motion Comic: Chapter 1

  • A first look at DC universe’s new animated Green Lantern DVD


  • Tales of the Black Freighter

  • Under the Hood


  • Story with a story – Exploring the comic-within-a-comic concept in Watchmen

  • Watchmen motion comic: Chapter 1

  • A first look at DC universe’s new animated Green Lantern DVD


  • The Why of Watchmen with Executive Producer and Director Zack Snyder

  • The Two Bernies – Additional footage from the Watchmen film not seen in theaters




WATCHMEN Mobile Content

Watchmen mobile content

Warner Bros is alo inviting fans to watch the 'Watchmen' on their movbile phones:

Get the latest WATCHMEN movie updates and trivia sent directly to your mobile phone.  Access the WATCHMEN mobile internet site 24/7 to download mobile exclusive voice/ ringtones, trailers, production video blogs, wallpapers and more.

Join now, TEXT WATCHMEN to 58671.



In Fake WATCHMEN Historic News...

The New Frontiersman site continues to roll out the daily updates.

The site now has a January 1975 news clipping reporting that popular president Richard Nixon aims to Repeal the 22nd Amendment to the constitution. This action would remove the two-term limits on the United States president.

Also online is a 1997 letter from President of the Police Officer's union of New York City informing the Mayor of a strike. The walkout comes in the face police officer dissatisfaction over the city's refusal to crack down on "costumed adventuring", thereby putting officers in danger.



Routh talks about SCOTT PILGRIM and DEAD OF NIGHT talked with actor Brandon Routh, who is set to star in the 'Dead of Night' movie (based on the Dylan Dog comics) and also appear in the 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' movie.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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Hobbs 2/4/2009 8:39:20 AM

It's just my opinion but I think there is so much crap associated with Watchmen its hard for the average Joe to keep up with it all or make sense of it.

I'm going to see it no matter what as most of you are but I think if they are trying to draw in curious fans or people who don't know much about Watchmen they are going about it the wrong way.

xenomorph 2/4/2009 10:27:46 AM

Just to make a couple of corrections

1. The original Silk Specter's name is Sally Jupiter, not sally specter.

2. The police strike came in 1977, not 1997.

Ok, geek rant over.

xenomorph 2/4/2009 10:36:03 AM

Iron Man 2 is stating to look more and more questionable. First, Emily Blunt won't be able to play Black Widow, the comes the news that Sam Jackson won't be brought back to play Nick Fury, and now the news that Micky Rourke won't be playing Crimson Dynamo but whiplash? WTF?!

I just don't know about this film.

fft5305 2/4/2009 10:56:58 AM

Actually, Blunt hasn't confirmed that she's out.  Last I heard, they were working to set her schedule so that she would be able to do both projects.  Has there been official word on SJL yet?  Or is this another rumor like the one about Favreau being shut out? That popped up strictly in the realm of gossip & rumor, and by the time any official word came out about it, he was already working on the project.  Don't know what to say about Rourke/Dynamo/Whiplash.  Except to remind everyone that Tony came out of the superhero closet at the end of IM, so Whiplash could do quite a bit of damage to an unarmored Tony, or even Pepper or Rhodey.  Have a little faith.  This is like when Ledger was announced as Joker. I was hesitant, but decided to trust Nolan, and was greatly rewarded!

fft5305 2/4/2009 10:58:51 AM

As for the Watchmen material, I think it's all good.  There's plenty of stuff out there for the ubergeeks.  But I think the movie will be self-contained enough that average joes like myself will be able to enjoy it just fine without all the extraneous material.  That's all just an enhancement for those who wish it and have the time/inclination.

BlindJustice 2/4/2009 12:01:03 PM

I am not worried about Jackson not being back. I agree with fft, it's all probably just a rumor. It's not like the mane needs a ton of money or is hard up for work. Besides the part will probably be a few minor tie in scenes that he can film while on a coffee break from the 3 other films hes making that day.



As for Watchmen, don't know alot about it so I bought the graphic novel and will be reading it before the movie comes out so I can have some idea of what and who I'm looking at.

Wiseguy 2/4/2009 12:03:52 PM

fft agree with you. There hasn't been any official word on a lot of these casting rumors and still believe it'll turn out fantastic. By the way love RDJ.

Looking forward to Watchmen but not as much as some. I still think it's and overhyped maxi-series but that the film will be better because of all the fat that has to be cut out. Black Freighter being a prime example. I hated that in the comic.

Also looking forward to seeing Routh in both of those projects, especially Dead of Night

laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 2/4/2009 12:28:19 PM

I thought the bit of info on Iron Man was worthless, what RDJ has to say, says nothing about nothing...My problem is with Marvel and their lack of respect for the actors who are going to make this movie a major hit...I guess RDJ got what he wanted as far as pay is concerned and by the looks of how the other stars are getting shafted RDJ's pay cut must be huge and then when you think Marvel can't sink any lower, they go to a guy that's coming off an incredible performance but has not realy been in the game for some years now and think they are going to low ball him because of that fact, come on...I could see not paying Jackson a huge sum if his part is as minor as it was in the first flick but if they are setting Nick Fury up for later instalments then they are going to have to pay to keep continuity for the sake of the story...

This is what needs to be done...Find a producer that can get this project off the ground in either New Zealand or Australia cause the tax breaks for the film industries are killer there plus they have cities and what not that can replace that of the ones here in US where Iron Man takes place, then you can pay your list A actors what they deserve, simple...

Wiseguy 2/4/2009 1:20:41 PM

Rourke is not an A list actor, just cause he's getting some buzz does not make him the be all end all. RDJ supposedly got paid less than Howard the first time around. Sometimes you have to work your way up. Any of these cats are free to turn down the role and put the pressure on Marvel. I for one don't think any of them are so unique that they can't be recast.

If Rourke is so upset I'd like to see him turn it down and go on the wrestling circuit with the WWE the way he is rumored to be doing. I'd like to know how much he's getting paid for that.

And forget about moving the production. You'd rather give the kiwi's work foir the sake of one man as opposed to keeping it here and making do? Besides Marvel already has a deal to shoot all their films in Cali.

xenomorph 2/4/2009 2:23:32 PM

fft, the name of the movie is IRON MAN 2, NOT Tony Stark 2. He has to battle villians in that power armor otherwise its just stupid to see a regular guy get beat up by a super villian.

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